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5:01 am >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good monday morning. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. hope you had a great weekend. what whetheather we had yesterd. >> we will extend it out another day. temperatures in the low to mid 70's with plenty of sunshine. you did mention hurrine ida. it may affect the gulf coast states. this morning, we're in the mid 40's from chantilly to college park. the air is fairly dry. it will beat a gorgeous afternoon. 73 or so this afternoon. clouds moved in. some of the moisture from ida could affect us this week. happy monday. >> it is a happy monday. no problems around the beltway
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in prince george's county. roadwork on the beltway at river road is gone. close to eisenhower avenue, a couple of vehicles are stopped in the right-hand lane. everything is clean and green on the dulles toll road and the dulles greenway. problems on the county roads were the traffic signa have been prepared. we will leave the camera and head back to alison and doug. >> thank you. some new safety questions surrounding metro. >> they have blocked independent safety audits along the tracks. matt brock is live in vienna with more. >> good morning. it is very limited, the oversight of metro. it is left to a local board. the monitors for the oversight
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board are the ones that say metro is not letting us take a look. back in september when a metro worker was killed working on tracks, the reaction was as strong as you might suspect. >> it keeps happening. what is wrong? it is like, ok, what the are you all doing? >> that was after a prior deadly accident in august. another metro worker was killed. metro took their workers off the tracks for a few days. >> it was a series of events that makes you uneasy. >> but metro has barred independent monitors from walking the tracks while trains are in service. the monitors have pressed this
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to get access. metro has said no. apparently it on friday, metro began to change their tune. a spokesperson said, "the committee members can have access to the right of way with trains in service or out of service as long as they have a safety escort. " she says it has been that way all along. we're live at the dunn loring metro station, i am matt brock. >> thank you. metro lost communications systems went a power unit overheated. it will cost $14 million to fix. in montgomery county, an old computer system is blamed for throwing the traffic signals out of sunc. ync.
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the project is expected to cost $35 million. police are investigating a deadly accident. a pedestrian was hit and killed on old branch avenue. we're told the driver of the cart to remain on the scene. the army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people at fort hood is in critical but stable condition in a texas hospital today. major nidal hasan was taken off a ventilator but remains inuicu icu under military guard. congress is preparing to investigate these shootings. joe lieberman once lawmakers to look into whether the army missed signs that hasan was becoming an islamic extremists. he attended the st. virginia
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mosque as two of the september 11 hijackers. the health care debate. reached a milestone over the weekend. a bill was passed by the house on saturday. republicans are pledging to stop the measure from passing congress. president obama is pushing the senate to act before the end of the year. there will be a provision for states to choose whether to participate in any government run health care option. bob mcdonnell says if given the option, the commonwealth will opt out. >> a i think with n/a $1.2 trillion price tag, taking from medicare, that it will ultimately increase costs. >> virginia voted 7-4 against the entire health care bill.
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maryland voted 6-2 in favor of the bill. the capitol hill christmas tree will arrive at the end of the month. it was cut down over the weekend in arizona. it was placed on a huge truck. it will go on a statewide tour before arriving in d.c. on november 30. >> come and gone before you know it. >> with such warm weather this weekend. hard to believe we're talking about christmas trees. it has been 20 years since the east and west reunited. we will look back at the anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall. >> there is a new way to get around some of the bumper to bumper gridlock. >> it will be a mild the afternoon. what is the latest on the
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tropical system in the gulf? what is the latest on the tropical system in the gulf?
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welcome back. it is about 10 minutes after the hour. if you like yesterday, we have a treat for you. today it will be a repeat of "
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we had yesterday. temperatures are cool. we have some 40's and some 30's out to the west. your forecast this afternoon, low to mid 70's. nothing but sunshine. clouds will move in. moisture will affect us midweek. let's take a morning again to lisa baden. >> everything seems to be running in our favor. we will give you normal travel times in case you want to take the dulles greenway or the dulles toll road. good on 270 to get into montgomery county. a nice ride on the beltway in montgomery county. we will go to the camera and show you headlights northbound up to the beltway running smoothly. >> thank you. officials are launching a new bus service today to get more cars off the roads. they will make four morning
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trips from woodbridge to tysons corner. it will pick up passengers at the 95-123 commuter lot and stop at 16 locations in tysons corner. there will be four returned evening trips. 47 degrees. >> east meets west. we will check out how germany is marking two decades since the berlin wall opened the border.
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side.
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welcome back. in our top stories, more safety questions surrounding metro today. the transit agency has blocked independent monitors from doing safety checks along the tracks since spring. metro says they are alled if they have a safety escort. president obama will meet with benjamin netanyahu at the white house this evening. the white house is pressing israeli and palestinian leaders to relaunch the stalled peace talks. netanyathe gulf coast is bracinr hurricane ida, now a category one stormo. -- storm. at least 124 deaths in el salvador are being blamed on the storm.
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today marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the berlin war. it was erected in 1961, separating families. soldiers ordered to search any east german who tried to get through to the west. the wall came down and more than 10,000 east germans crossed the border into west germany. >> what does it feel like? >> incredible. i cannot describe really my feelings. >> a ceremony will take place todayin berlin to commemorate the anniversary. hillary clinton, because gorbachev, and nelson mandela will attend. -- mikhail gorbachev will attend. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> let's begin with lisa baden. >> on the inner loop in
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virginia, there is a minor issue. a car stalled out before eisenhower avenue. travel times are great along 95 between richmond and baltimore. 270, 70 are good. as far as the weather, we have brian van de graaff. >> we're talking about hurricane ida. it did develop late last week and it did affect parts of south america. it made a turn. it came back across central america to the gulf of mexico. it was warm enough it could be a category one storm. winds of 90 miles per hour. the hurricane warning is up for mississippi, alabama, and into florida. it is east of new orleans. they have not seen landfall in
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november in louisiana. it will affect us midweek. we are in the 40's this morning. we do have fairly clear skies. it will be a warm and sunny day today. gorgeous and in the 70's. i do not think we will get any moisture until tomorrow evening. it will be raining on veterans day. cooler, as well. the rain may linger into thursday. cooler and damp until the system musa al. low to mid 70's with lots of sunshine. clouds rolling. it will be cool for the rest of the week. temperatures below 60's. >> thank you. 5:18 is your time on a monday morning. >> still ahead, after a week off, the redskins' return to action and pickoff all right
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where they picked -- right where they left off. >> later on "oprah," this has been months in the making. ellen is on.
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after another week of turmoil off the field, the redskins were anxious to bring the drum between the lines. it turned out to be a medical
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trauma. >> seconds down and 6. >> jason campbell had no protection. he went out injured twice. clton portis suffered a concussion. despite that, the offense produced 17 points. the team gave up a season worse 31. they fall. two- 6 is the record now. bummer. >> deangelo hall got involved in a scrum. " he put his hands on me in a harmful way. that is not how you do things. when a coach puts his hands on you in a harmful way, something needs to be done about that. i will call the commissioner. i will be calling some of my
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friends. >> first place in the nfc east was on the line in philadelphia last night. tony romo threw for over 300 yards. dallas wins it an improved their record to 6-2. wouldn't it be nice to be among the high and mighty? >> the redskins really needed that win. 5:22. a major merger talks. linda bell joins us live from new york with more. >> happy monday morning to you. we have lots of merger talks this monday morning. we have kraft that may make a hostile bid for cadbury. kraft is facing a deadline of today to make a formal offer or to withdraw all offers for
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another six months. signs of possible progress between comcast and general electric. the companies are working to create a joint venture to own nbc universal. they have agreed to value it at about $30 billion. it is worth noting that in the deal is dependent on the vivendi selling a stake. the window is november 15- december 10. they say they are no hurry to exercise this option. stock index futures are indicating a higher open this monday morning. that is your business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i am linda bell. back to you. >> thank you. in tech bytes, texting almost stops talking. a study shows how often people are hitting the send button. >> vinita nair explains.
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>> netflix for designer dresses. a website called rent the runway has low prices. the offer dresses from top designers for about 1/10 of what they cost to buy. dry cleaning is included. customers can choose a second style as a backup for an extra $20. those looking to order the new boook reader from barnes and noble may have to wait. pre orders will still ship by november 30. anyone ordering now will have to wait until of least december 11. the device was introduced and is supposed to compete with kendall. managing your entire lives
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online. easy access to the web and photos. the laptop has a variable photo op storage space. it has a screen defaults over into easel mode and sells for $700. we have become a nation of texters. a number of text messages transmitted jumped by more than 80% over 12 months that ended in june. that adds up to over 100 billion messages sent and received in june alone. that is 14 text messages from every cell phone user. for more information, log onto the tech page at those are your tech bytes. i am vinita nair. car wreck i sent maybe four texts in my entire life.
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i am missing the wave. 5:26, 47 degrees. >> in our next half-hour, swine flu fears inside the doctor's office. some health professionals are opting out of this vaccination program. >> a community greased after a mother is gunned down on the job. police are asking for your help to captured the killer. >> many remember the fall at the texas army base. more clues have come out about the suspected shooter. i will have the very latest. >> we are live in the weather center on a monday board have another mild day in store.
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>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. welcome back to "good morning washington." hope you had a wonderful weekend. >> it was perfect weather yesterday. let's see if we can get more of that weather today. >> 74 downtown today, low to mid 7's. sunshine. we will get some moisture midweek. -- low to mid 70's. outside this morning, we are cool. we have some 50's out there. 50 in potomac. 43 in waldorf.
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your forecast today, mid 70's, sunny, spectacular. it just does not get much better for a day in november. [beep] i thought you were beeping in case you said a bad word. >> not at all. a deer just hit a car near falls road. the vehicle that was struck is being moved on to the left shoulder. travel times are in your favor between father hurley boulevard and the beltway. we will take you live to traffic out of loudoun county. no issues in and out of baltimore for now. >> thank you. we are following breaking news this morning. three suspects accused of firing at police are under arrest. it started about 4:30 this
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morning. people were shooting each other. officers chased them into virginia and then back to d.c. where they were arrested. nobody was hurt. new questions into the investigation at the shooting at fort hood. investigators want to know if people missed signals. the army post contues to grieve for the third teen men and women who died there. courtney robinson has the latest information. >> joe lieberman is calling for an investigation saying there might have been signs that what caused the army to discharge hasan. they are looking at whether he attended the st. virginia moscow as two the september 11 hijackers. they are warning against reaching any conclusion that could lead to backlashes against other muslim soldiers.
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some of this fellow soldiers claim they saw this attack coming. classmates of army major in nidal malik hasan say he complained about what they consider his anti-american views. his fort hood commander said he served as a compassionate psychiatrist who showed no warning signs. >> he was a hard-working provider. he was someone that did a very good job for us. >> hasan is said to be awake, off a respirator. remembrances for default take place on base. >> this mission is completed in this life. >> for those who survived the rampage, the wounded are now beginning a long recovery. >> when anything like this happens, but we just gets stronger, we become more united
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together. >> president obama will arrive in fort hood tomorrow for a remembrance ceremony tomorrow. the woman who took hasan down is recovering from surgery. an emotional tribute to a mother who was shot and killed. 51-year-old rufina hernandez was found dead saturday night on georgia avenue. friends and family members held a vigil outside la casa de morata liquor store. were there to express their outrage. >> she gave them the money. why did they have to kill her? " we do not know what kind of person came in here and would take someone's life for $200. correct police are searching for two in connection with the
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murder. they handed out flyers last night. police do not have any new clues despite an intensive weekend search. more than 500 volunteers combed an area in charlottesville but they did not turn up any information. morgan harrington was last seen at the university of virginia at a metallica concert. unemployment is increasing. alexandria city leaders are bracing for another tight budget. there could be an 8% decline. commercial property is expected to drop up to 15%. closing the gap will likely mean service cuts. montgomery county schools are also facing big money troubles. to protect a budget shortfall, it has ballooned to $500 million. the county is facing fines for
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waving a mandate. the gulf coast is bracing for the worst as hurricane ida approaches. the storm has weakened to a category one. it is expected to make landfall early tomorrow. the national guard will be on alert. some are planning to ride it out. others are not taking any chances. >> i will leave before the water comes up. we have our fuel and groceries. >> we will sit back. >> hurricane ida caused widespread destruction in el salvador and killed at least 124 people there. dozens are still missing. 5:36 is your time, 47 degrees. >> saying no to the swine flu vaccine. some doctors say they are not on
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board with the shot or the spread. >> the d.c. sniper is set to be executed tomorrow. i will tell you how his legal team plans to stop the execution. >> we will be back with another check on the skies and the streets.
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>> hello. we are here at the arlington career center where we prepare high school students who work with students like these preschoolers. >> good morning, washington. welcome back. 5:39 on a monday morning. we made it through the weekend. what a beautiful weekend it was. sunday was spectacular. we will do it all over today. we're in the 40's. there are some 50's. 46 in culpeper. king george, 47. 39 in hunting dotown. a gorgeous day with sunshine. klaus later today and some rain by midweek. -- clouds later today. what we need to know about the
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traffic. ? >> a der does hit a vehicle near falls road. the deer is still in the roadway. kind of normal volume. headlights are twinkling northbound into wobridge. good on 270. no accident report to get into montgomery county. a good run on 95 and 295 in and out of baltimore. now to alison and doug. >> thank you. crews will resume installing tracts for the anacostia streetcar line. trafc from the naval and next will not be allowed to turn right onto southbound south capitol street. traffic will be de toward beginning at 9:00 a.m. this will continue through mid january. 5:41, 47 degrees.
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living with the d.c. sniper. >> natures 3 on full display at the national zoo. we will show you the video that left visitors shocked. >> more questions about metro's
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$150 back when you order today. >> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. checking our top stories. a new report is raising more questions about metro's safety. records show independent monitors were not allowed to do safety checks on the tracks even if escorted by metro employees. the czechs are allowed with escorts. >> two american pilots have died
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in a crash in iraq. this occurred north of baghdad. their names are not being released. mo than 4300 troops have died since the war began. >> hurricane ida is been weakened to a category one storm. it is expectedo make landfall tomorrow. landslides have killed over 100 people in el salvador. >> some doctors are opting not to recommend the swine flu vaccine to their patients. they think the vaccine is too new and that the vaccine has not been tested enough. the intensive monitoring under way is as safe as any flu vaccine. companies are grappling to
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keep their businesses are running. a bill was introduced that focuses on employers with 15 or more workers. it would have to provide five paid sick days for workers who stay home with the swine flu or any other contagious condition > 5:00 for -- any other condition. father clar465:46. 5:46. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> there has been a crash. a deer-related accident near falls road. 395 northbound leaving the beltway, things are open and running smoothly. no problems to report through falls church or rosslyn. >> outside, we start out at the
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gulf of mexico. hurricane ida continues to churn. hurricane season runs to the end of november. this system is in the gulf. it looks like it remains a category one before making landfall. keep an eye on it. the rainfall will affect us midweek. we could see some 30's this morning. 50 downtown. we are crystal clear this morning with light breezes. the temperatures have bottomed out. we were in the 70's yesterday. sunshine and warm conditions. the clouds moved in. on tuesday, moisture will be down to the south. i do not think it will move into the evening. then the remnants of ida will
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bring moisture off and on. it could be cooler and damp for the middle part of the week. sunny and spectacular today. mid 70's. it does mark get much better. veterans day, not even 50 with off and on showers. showers thursday morning. a slow warming trend into the upcoming weekend. it does start off quite nice. >> thank you. let's check in with philip stewart at the live at desk. >> good morning. every day cannot always be positive. this is from the national zoo. take a look at this. a young deer jumped a wall and ran into the lion's den. look at this video. the deer escaped and was rescued by the zoo staff
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members. it was so badly hurt it did need to be put down. the deer may have come from rock creek park. sammy sosa hit the red carpet over the weekend with later looking skin. this is a before and after we're showing you. and the social said he is undergoing some sort of skin rejuvenation process. thanksgiving is around the corner. if you're hosting a dinner, you may be planning for the meal. more than 2/3 of people start planning their feast at least two wes in advance. 1/4 give themselves a week to get ready. three % said they wait before the day of thanksgiving to start
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planning their fees. i would like to take a survey here. >> i was in the grocery store this weekend and ahead samples of turkey and cranrry sauce. there were getting everybody ready. "by your thanksgiving here." deadline pressure kicks in. -- "buy your thanksgiving here." >> sammy sosa, there was a before and aer. >> here we go. >> it looks like michael jackson. >> no. >> all right. >> ok. >> it was interesting to watch that zoo footage. that is what lions do. kind of amazing stuff. >> it really is.
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coming up tonight, thousands of people have reported having
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near-death experience. for the first time, and doctors in washington have documented something they think could help solve the mystery. a special report only on abc 7 news at 5:00. the maryland mother accused of killing her daughters and then hiding their bodies in a freezer will stand trial today. she faces murder charges. and faces abuse charges in calvert county. >> the fault of the berlin wall will be celebrated 20 years -- the fault of the berlin wa will be celebrated after 20 years. >> vdot will close the southbound lanes tonight at 11:00 p.m. road crews will install steel beams for a new bridge while the road is shut down. john muhammad to rise the
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d.c. region seven years ago. he is scheduled die for the crime tomorrow. >> his ex-wife says he is not mentally ill and that his rampage was alabout killing her. kathy park is live with the story. >> mildred mohammad believes john muhammad was out to get her to get back his children surely after they filed for divorce. she was stunned when she found out john turns on innocent victims. john allen muhammad is said to be executed tomorrow at the correctional facility in virginia. his legal team is working around the clock to spare his life. the have reached out to tim kaine for clemency. families of the victims say they will be at the execution. his ex-wife says she will not
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be fair and that she has no more emotional attachment. >> i knew he was going to kill me. i was fearful for my life. i never thought he would go to this life, ever. >> the killing spree lasted three weeks. john and his accomplice used a high powered rifle. officials say there are many unanswered questions out there. how many people did john alle muhammad and lee boyd norfolk actually shoot and kill? the rampage began prior to them reaching the beltway and have not stood trial for any other killings. >> thank you. there is a lot more still to come in our second hour. >> now that the house has passed the health care reform bill, what is next for the public option?
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when will the senate start debate? >> a new controversy on metro. i will have that story line from the dunn loring metro station. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute. ( piano music playing ) by putting an end to paper medical records, we have ushered health into the digital age.
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